Has there been a film version?
No, I don’t believe so.
Who are the important characters?
Dick Young – a literary man who has agreed to play guinea pig for his professor friend
Professor Magnus Lane – a bio physics professor who has made a breakthrough in either time travel or memory cells of the brain or both
Roger Kylmerth – steward to Sir Henry Champernoune, Dick’s alter ego in the 1300’s
Isolda – a young woman having an affair with…
Sir Otto Bodrugan – a lord who once rebelled against the government
Vita Young – Dick’s wife
What’s it about?
Dick Young has agreed to participate in an expiriment of his professor friend’s in exchange for a vacation at Professor Magnus Lane’s summer home. He is shocked to discover that upon drinking the mysterious draught, he is transported back to the 1300’s and always nearby the steward Roger Kylmerth. He experiences no physical sensations, can communicate with no one, and if he tries to touch something will be violently snapped back into the present day with consequences. In the past, he witnesses adultery, murder, heresy and more – and is never certain whether it is really the past or just a intricate hallucination. As he feels more and more involved in the past, he begins to alienate his wife and two stepsons. And he has no idea of the terrible outcome of his journeys.
Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It’s a suspense novel written by a famous author.
Do you recommend I read this book?
I guess if you really want to. It isn’t all that interesting plot wise, just suspensful enough to keep you from putting it down. I’d suggest another of Du Maurier’s books.
Why did this book make your list?
I picked it off the shelf at the libary because I liked “Rebecca” so much.
Has it won any awards?
I don’t have any, sorry to say.
Du Maurier also wrote the short story “The Birds.”
After reading Du Maurier’s “Rebecca,” I was terribly disappointed with this novel. Sure, it was suspenseful and interesting and creative, but the entire novel felt like it was going nowhere. I kept on reading hoping it would resolve itself in a intelligently pleasing manner, but alas – it did not. The main character somewhat exasperated with me with his incredible selfishness and inability to control himself. He was shallow and his shallowness reflected on the other characters, making the whole book frustrating. The only characters who really interested me were the Professor and Roger – and neither of them came into the scenes long enough for me to get to know them. Overall, a let down of a novel. I don’t want to give up on Du Maurier, however. She’s very good at suspense novels. And I don’t even like suspense novels most of the time!